“The Twelve Traditions point straight at many of our individual defects. By implication they ask each of us to lay aside pride and resentment. They ask for personal as well as group sacrifice. They ask us never to use the AA name in any quest for personal power or distinction or money. The Traditions guarantee the equality of all members and the independence of all groups. They show how we may best relate to each other and to the world outside. They indicate how we can best function in harmony as a great whole.”
Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, p. 96

Thought to Consider . . .

AA is not something you join, it’s a way of life.


A B C = Acceptance, Belief, Change Continue reading “Traditions”


Unless each AA member follows to the best of his ability our suggested Twelve Steps to recovery, he almost certainly signs his own death warrant. His drunkenness and dissolution are not penalties inflicted by people in authority; they result from his personal disobedience to spiritual principles. . .Great suffering and great love are AA’s disciplinarians; we need no others.”
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 174

Thought to Consider . . .

We alcoholics are undisciplined.
So we let God discipline us . . .”



Call your sponsor,
Ask for help from your Higher Power,

Read the Big Book,
Do the Twelve Steps,
Stay active in your group.
Continue reading “Discipline”


This is a very large order. It is a task which we may perform with increasing skill, but we never really finish. Learning how to live in the greatest peace, partnership, and brotherhood with all men and women, of whatever description, is a moving and fascinating adventure. Every AA has found that he can make little headway in this new adventure of living until he first backtracks and really makes an accurate and unsparing survey of the human wreckage he has left in his wake.”
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 77

Thought to Consider . . .

It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.


T I M E  =  Things I Must Earn

Just For Today!

Message that Transcends
Continue reading “Amends”


“Let us never fear needed change. Certainly we have to discriminate between changes for worse and changes for better. But once a need becomes clearly apparent in an individual, in a group, or in AA as a whole, it has long been found out that we cannot stand still and look the other way. The essence of all growth is a willingness to change for the better and then an unremitting willingness to shoulder whatever responsibility this entails.”
Bill W., July 1965
c.1967AAWS, As Bill Sees It, p. 115

Thought to Consider . . .

Not to change is not to adapt;
not to adapt is to become extinct.


C H A N G E = Choosing Honesty Allows New Growth Everyday Continue reading “Change”


The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.”
  c.1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 17

Thought to Consider . . .

The joy is in the journey, so enjoy the ride.


S T E P S =  Solutions To Every Problem in Sobriety

Continue reading “Solution”


“Many of us have been so touchy that even casual reference to spiritual things make us bristle with antagonism. This sort of thinking had to be abandoned. Though some of us resisted, we found no great difficulty in casting aside such feelings. Faced with alcoholic destruction, we soon became as open minded on spiritual matters as we had tried to be on other questions. In this respect alcohol was a great persuader. It finally beat us into a state of reasonableness. Sometimes this was a tedious process; we hope no one else will prejudiced for as long as some of us were.”
c.1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 48

Thought to Consider . . .

The solution is simple.
The solution is spiritual.


A A = Altered Attitudes Continue reading “Touchy”